Table of Contents: June 2015

Seven tips for improving rack safety
While rack collapse may be rare, it is extremely dangerous. Here are some ways to make sure it doesn't happen to you.
Where's the payback in software? Where's the payback in software?
The pitch is that supply chain software will slash costs and take performance to new levels. But our exclusive survey finds that nearly half of software users have not gotten the expected return on their investment.
Balancing the scales: interview with Monica Truelsch Balancing the scales: interview with Monica Truelsch
Monica Truelsch's qualities as a logistics executive are matched only by her intense drive to see that women get the opportunities in the field they deserve, and that they succeed at them.
"Not your daddy's load board!" "Not your daddy's load board!"
Eons from their humble—and manual—roots, today's truck load boards are laden with more advanced technology and powerful features than ever
A "New Era" in distribution A "New Era" in distribution
When it landed a contract with the National Football League, New Era Cap knew it would need a major DC overhaul. What it didn't know was that it would have just six months to do it.
Pasta palletizing perfection Pasta palletizing perfection
At Italpasta, an automated palletizing system makes stacking oodles of noodles easy.
Stylized picking Stylized picking
New order processing carts make fast work of order picking at Salon Service Group.
Packaging moves to the head of the class Packaging moves to the head of the class
Science equipment distributor installs a right-sized packaging solution.
The property and the pendulum The property and the pendulum
The U.S. industrial property sector has firmly swung to a landlord's market. That means higher rents, fewer concessions, and tenants who'll take it and like it.

Voices
Fastlane: Another congressional end run
The latest highway funding proposal includes the expected allocations for infrastructure improvements ... plus a few surprises.
Outbound: Bobby V. and his band of brokers
Three parts guile and one part blunt instrument, Bob Voltmann has made the once-lowly TIA a big voice in the conversation.
Basic Training: Make a new plan, Stan
In the supply chain world, we're accustomed to working to a plan. But when it comes to our life and career paths, it's often a different story.
Big Picture: It's time to change how products are packaged
Encasing goods in oversized packages only creates supply chain waste. It's time to reconsider how we package.
Inbound
From medicine to … material handling?
Caster Concepts President William Dobbins, M.D., followed an unusual career path into the material handling industry.
Second annual National Forklift Safety Day to be held in Washington June 9
Program brings lift truck manufacturers to the nation's capital to educate policymakers, government officials about safety and regulatory issues; customer events also on tap.
Protecting ancient artifacts with modern sensors
Fine art shipper tracks temperature and light through the cloud.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
University of Tennessee white paper identifies "The ABCs of DCs"
New research report covers best practices for 11 key warehousing activities.
Highway health clinics offer quick DOT physicals
Truck stop clinics serve busy drivers.
Conveyor sales are on a roll
Equipment makers report strong March numbers.
Newsworthy
JDA upgrades transportation software
Platform now offers flexibility for omnichannel fulfillment jobs.
ModusLink expands end-to-end e-fulfillment site; names former Amazon executive to run project
European model is most comprehensive suite of e-fulfillment solutions in world, company says.
Environmental benefit of natural-gas–powered trucks comes with a catch
Unless producers plug methane leaks in "pump to wheels" supply chain, switching from diesel to natural gas will actually increase greenhouse gases, study says.
High-tech leaders seek cost cuts with shorter supply chains
UPS survey shows decline in offshoring strategy.
HighJump software acquires Nexternal for e-commerce tools
Merger will blend WMS with cloud-based commerce.
Unit of truckload carrier CRST sued over charges of condoning harassment of women drivers
Company vows to mount vigorous defense, cites victory in earlier discrimination case against EEOC.